\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration
b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet
c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest
(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl How to pronounce crestal (audio) \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs How to pronounce crestless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence


at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two converging areas of low pressure could bring some instability to the region, according to the National Weather Service, but any associated thunderstorms were expected to remain near or east of the crest of the Cascades., "Portland metro Sunday weather: high temps in the 80s to close out the week," 30 June 2019 Philip Howard Sauer and four fellow Marines began to scrabble toward the crest of Hill 861. Carl Prine,, "His valor forgotten for a half-century, Marine killed in action to receive battlefield award," 23 Apr. 2018 The Moss Bluff gauge is at 14.64 feet after a crest of 14.67 feet. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Conditions on Trinity River improving," 3 Apr. 2018 Great curassow The great curassow, which ranges from southern Mexico to Ecuador, is adorned with crests of black curly feathers that look a bit like VHS tape. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Curly-haired pigs and other animals with natural waves," 3 Apr. 2019 Gayle was photographed, ahead of Newcastle's game against West Brom last weekend, pulling a suitcase that had the Crystal Palace club crest visible on the front., "Dwight Gayle Jokes With Journalist That He 'Didn't Steal' Suitcase From Former Club Crystal Palace," 5 May 2018 At Morgan City, the Atchafalaya is expected to crest at 9.5 feet during the third week of June, the third highest crest on record and the highest since May 2011. Mark Schleifstein,, "Morganza Spillway opening delayed, but tropical system may also threaten New Orleans," 3 June 2019 The original Yamato was the fusion of art and warfare, with an elaborate Shinto shrine and a golden Imperial chrysanthemum crest on her bow. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race," 26 May 2018 To the extent that Passalacqua’s investment in the region lends more credibility to its wines, it can be seen as a highly visible crest on a wave that was already rising. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why is star winemaker Tegan Passalacqua building a winery in Lodi?," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On June 10, the river crested to the second-highest level in history at the official gauge in Chester, at 46.52 feet, according to the National Weather Service, behind only the 49.74-foot mark on Aug. 7, 1993. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Illinois’ first capital is an island that’s home to just 18 people. Recent flooding has made it even more isolated.," 3 July 2019 The Gladiator crested without spinning the wheels a bit — and without requiring me to lower the air pressure in the tires to maximize traction. Charles Fleming,, "The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a beastly pickup truck that’s built to be battered," 14 June 2019 Thousands attending Boston’s 49th Pride Parade reveled in a sunny, warm day on which the high temperature crested around 73 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Lucas Phillips,, "Sunny Sunday to follow warm Saturday," 8 June 2019 In 1993, the river crested the berm, filling homes to their rooftops. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993," 3 June 2019 This week, the river crested at a flood stage where roads and homes can be impacted. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Our wetlands are not for sale': More than 200 rally against Foxconn development," 28 June 2018 The Arkansas River is slowly cresting, though more rain is forecast this week. Washington Post, "Mike Pence pledges to rebuild after Oklahoma flood damage," 5 June 2019 But loaded up with options, the Corsair can crest $60,000. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Lincoln Corsair Can Cost More Than $60,000 Fully Loaded," 16 May 2019 The progressive insurgency sweeping the nation is cresting in Rhode Island as well — a state with a peculiar brand of politics and a history of strong lefty showings in Democratic primaries. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dem revolt threatens another incumbent," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

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The first known use of crest was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for crest


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as
a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest
b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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